Patched!

07 December, 23:37, by EvaB

The little plastic window on the dust bag was beyond helping with tape.  There was an old t shirt at the shop that had a large screen printed image on it that made the jersey fabric less air permeable.  A double layer was sewn onto the window.

And from the back (showing also the hazards to clothing of the procedure)

…and, it works!

The Large Machines Move

24 August, 23:47, by EvaB

Yesterday…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…and…. Done!!

This is Wednesday

22 August, 20:33, by EvaB

The last day this room will look like this:

 

Thank you to some members who put a *lot* of time and effort into making this room and the main floor look spectacular.  Michael deftly organized and provided strong encouragement for this project and saw in his mind what this would look like. He also did electric planing to get the floor clean, sanding and painting; Chris did the majority of electric planing (a hard job), sanded, painted and urethaned; Lori sanded, Brennan painted and organized tool rentals, Paul, John C, Stephen, Gabriel and Jamie who also helped with preparing this room and the first floor, which also looks stunning.

 

 

More to be done.  We will get to it….

Renovations are under way at our new home!!

12 August, 22:10, by EvaB

We are in week two of customizing 183 Dufferin Street, the new home of Diyode.  This space will have more room for everything we do, and be beautiful too!

Looking into the new classroom area from the main floor common fabrication room.  The answer to the tweet  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

New metal shop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upper floor wood shop with lots of natural light.  The floors will be refinished this week.  It will be stunning!

Life Gears Academy Adult Programming Classes

27 April, 20:59, by EvaB

These will be at  Diyode Community Workshop, at 71 Wyndham St. S,  conducted by Life Gears Academy in May and June this year.  If you are interested, the link to their site is here:  https://www.lifegears.org/adult-classes

Adult Classes

We are now offering courses for adults to allow them to develop various skills mainly in the field of Computer Sciences. Please look below for our crash courses. Adult classes refer to anyone who is 18 or older.

Intro to Programming

Runs Saturdays 11am to 1pm at Diyode (71 Wyndham St S, Guelph) for May 5,12,26, and June 2,9,16. $120

This would be taught in either python or c (no previous knowledge needed), and would cover the topics below.

Unix and basic CLI, values and types, variables, user input, conditional statements, control structures (loops), functions/subroutines , recursion, and a basic intro to file systems.

Register here.

SQL

Runs Saturdays 1:30am to 3:30pm at Diyode (71 Wyndham St S, Guelph) for May 5,12,26, and June 2,9,16. $120

Databases would be using MySQL and this course would cover the following.

Basic CLI for MySQL only, what is an RDB?, why do we use MySQL and its cousins?, standardization and why it helps, how a database is structured, permissions and users, database commands, tables and values, table commands, select, update, delete, drop (DANGEROUS), sub queries , variables (brief), and how SQL can be used in a job.

Register here.

 

 

Makerspace Jobs

24 April, 20:22, by EvaB

Makerspace Assistant (Part-Time, 12 Month Contract)

Idea Exchange, Old Post Office


Are you constantly tinkering to discover how things work? Do you have a passion for mechanics and get excited about new technology? Do you enjoy sharing your knowledge and findings with people who share your passion? Idea Exchange is seeking a talented and creative Makerspace Assistant for our brand new location, the Old Post Office. Does this sound like you?

As a Makerspace Assistant, you will plan, organize and conduct makerspace programming for members as an extension of your knowledge and passion for all facets of technology. You will act as the makerspace expert by training other staff and volunteers on the ins and outs of the makerspace and equipment. Additionally, you will assist with circulation responsibilities and other duties as required.

To be qualified for the role, you will have experience working in a makerspace including troubleshooting and maintaining equipment. Your aptitude for mechatronics, familiarity with small tools and equipment, and previous experience in a service environment is essential as you develop a unique hands-on space where learning takes place. Previous experience with a 3D printer, laser cutter or similar technologies is an asset. Previous training and instructing experience is an asset.  

This is a part-time, 12-month contract position where you will work approximately 24 hours in a bi-weekly period. The position may require work from multiple branch locations within Cambridge. The starting schedule is as follows and is subject to change.

Week 1 Week 2
Monday 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. 1:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Off
Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Off

 

If you think you are up to the task, please apply by May 7, 2018 to:

Corrine Denbok, HR Specialist
Idea Exchange
1 North Square, Cambridge, Ontario, N1S 2K6
Email: hr@ideaexchange.org
Apply Online: http://ideaexchange.org/about/career-opportunities

 

Makerspace Team Lead (Full-Time, 12 Month Contract)

Idea Exchange, Old Post Office


Are you passionate about mechatronics with the ability to see the broader scope of learning? Are you a natural leader but likes to keep your hands in the day-to-day work? Idea Exchange is seeking a talented and creative Makerspace Team Lead for our brand new location, the Old Post Office. Does this sound like you?

As a Makerspace Team Lead, you will oversee makerspace programming including guiding program creation, delivery, training, and overall program assessment. You will seek and engage community partnerships to enhance future programming. Additionally, you will participate in the day-to-day activities within the branch including assisting in programming and circulation duties.

To be qualified for the role, you will have experience working in a makerspace including troubleshooting and maintaining equipment. Your aptitude for mechatronics, familiarity with small tools and equipment, and previous experience in a service environment is essential as you develop a unique hands-on space where learning takes place. Your exceptional communication skills will be helpful as you quickly build rapport with outside partners and members. Your education will include a post-secondary diploma in Mechanical or Electrical Engineering (or equivalent). Previous training/instructing experience and previous supervisory experience is considered an asset.  

This is a full-time, 12-month contract position where you will work approximately 70 hours in a bi-weekly period. The position may require work from multiple branch locations within Cambridge. The starting schedule is as follows and is subject to change.

Week 1 Week 2
Tuesday 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 12:00 – 8:30 p.m. 12:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Thursday 12:00 – 8:30 p.m. 12:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Saturday Off 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday Off 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

 

If you think you are up to the task, please apply by May 7, 2018 to:

Corrine Denbok, HR Specialist
Idea Exchange
1 North Square, Cambridge, Ontario, N1S 2K6
Email: hr@ideaexchange.org
Apply Online: http://ideaexchange.org/about/career-opportunities

 

 

 

The Old Post Office is the newest Idea Exchange location. It will be a space for creative minds to gather – to tinker, code, bend, sketch, fabricate and build. A place where the past and future meet because it’s not just about who you are and what you do, but who you will become and what you will discover.

Idea Exchange has transformed into a space where people of all ages can come together to share their passion for art, reading, knowledge sharing, technology, creativity and culture. Our six locations in the community provide endless resources, learning and fun to our members making Idea Exchange a pillar of arts and culture in Cambridge. Want to learn more? Visit us at http://ideaexchange.org.

Please note that this position is open to internal and external candidates. Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. A vulnerable police records check may be required as a condition of employment depending on the nature of the position.

 

Custom Stratocaster

24 April, 20:15, by EvaB

One of our former members, Joel Dube did this fine work.

This is a custom stratocaster build. The top wood is zircote and the back and pickguard are black limba. The sound knobs are made from Indian Rosewood. The neck, electronics and hardware were taken from a Squier affinity series stratocaster.

 

 

 

Training course: Introduction to 3D design and CNC using Fusion 360

23 April, 13:43, by EvaB

One of our members, Cristian Golu, has offered to give a course at Diyode for our members and anyone else that’s interested.

If you are interested, please contact Cristian directly at cristian@3dlinux.com

About Cristian:

He is a mechanical engineer (Welding) with a passion for electronics. He has 20 years of experience Canada.

Training course: Introduction to 3D design and CNC using Fusion 360

Description: In this course the students will be introduced to Fusion 360: Model and CAM. The students will learn how to create a sketch, model a 3D part, create a paper drawing and create a CNC Gcode file.

Diyode is Looking For a New Home

09 January, 20:33, by EvaB
Diyode Community Workshop has served the community of Guelph since 2010.  We provide tools, space and community for people interested in woodworking, metalworking, electronics, prototyping and all sorts of other making.

We knew that this time would come, but it is finally here. Diyode needs some help, and we’re hoping you folks out in internetland might have some insight. Our current home is going to be torn down and redeveloped in the next few months. We need to find a new home where we can flourish and continue to serve the community.

We’ve been in our current location since we started over 7 years ago, and have built our community workshop into one of the most successful makerspaces in Canada. In our time here, we have helped all sorts of local organizations with building projects, parade floats, prototyping expertise and other resources. We have helped local businesses like Grey Rock Co, Children’s Art Factory, Science and Sons, and Fantescapes launch their businesses and build the items they need. Four of our members have built homes for themselves at Diyode through tiny homes, yurts and bus conversions.

As a group, we have built innovative new tools for teaching electronics and programming to kids, and travelled to many schools in the area, introducing kids in grades 3 through 7 to the joys of coding. And we have built tools in the shop to help people in third-world countries, most recently installing a plastic recycling system in a community centre in Haiti.

We have done all this with funding only from our membership fees, a few grants, and sales of our projects. This was possible, in part, because we had a decent space at a very reasonable price. We hope to keep up this level of awesome, but to do so, we need to find a stable home at a sustainable price.

We are looking for a light industrial space between 2000 and 5000 sqft, ideally less than $10 / sqft / year.  Being near downtown or on a bus route would be ideal, as we have many lower-income members without their own transportation.

This is our list of need and wants:

Must Haves:

  • Light Industrial space
  • >2000 sqft
  • < $14 / sqft / year
  • Concrete pad in some of the space for metal shop
  • 100 Amp 2 phase power
  • Washroom
  • Centrally located or on bus route
  • At least 6 parking spots

Nice to haves:

  • 3 phase power
  • >3000 sqft
  • < $10 /sqft / year
  • Bay door
  • spray booth (smaller)
  • clean drying room with intermittent exhaust fan for stained/finished wood projects
  • office area with separate entrance and bathroom for multi-age multi-discipline classroom area
  • Metal shop are to be twice as big (?)
  • Separate entrance to “clean area” with separate washroom for public/ children/ tasks involving clean, safe, well lit working space. (addresses many needs, including increasing the percentage of women / special needs / other members of community not served at present)
  • Parking for up to 20

If you know of any spaces, or anyone who might be able to help us in our search, your help would be forever appreciated.

Thank you for your help, from all of us at Diyode.

 

Diyode Design Competition

01 August, 15:46, by EvaB